December 6, 2020 - Douglas Myser

McConnell stopping stimulus negotiations. A Democratic proposal for a second  new stimulus bill has been in front of Senator Mitch McConnell for nearly eight months now. Very little negotiation has happened in that time, but alot of stalling and finger pointing between Senator McConnell and House Speaker Pelosi over who is to blame. One thing is certain, it has taken that full eight months for the Senator to send a counter proposal back to the House Leader. Only due to the fact that COVID cases are rising, and the economy is stalling, with most economist stating publicly that a large stimulus plan is needed, did Senator McConnell even bother to send a counter proposal. McConnell stopping stimulus negotiations.

Mitch McConnell has suggested that the only one COVID-19 stimulus plan has a chance of getting past President Trump: his one. McConnell's statement came as all sides called for bipartisanship--and many rallied round a more substantial deal, backed by top Democratic leaders and a bipartisan group of Senators. Before the election, Trump called for far bigger spending, but since his election loss McConnell has taken the lead in negotiations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said President Trump's veto would hold up a $908 billion bipartisan stimulus bill from passing. In a statement circulated to media outlets, McConnell said that only his smaller proposal reflects "what the President is ready to sign into law". "At the risk of repeating something we all know, making law will require not just the Senate's approval, but also the signature of the President of the United States," McConnell said.

The bipartisan bill, which was crafter by moderate Republicans, such as Mitt Romney of Utah, along with Democratic party figures, apparently at half the size of the original Democratic proposal is not enough of a compromise, and the President and McConnell want a all or nothing bill. The $908 billion stimulus proposal proposes support for small businesses, state and local governments, educations, unemployment insurance, healthcare, and the distribution of the COVID 19 vaccine.